Office for University Outreach

El Pueblo Mágico

El Pueblo Mágico

El Pueblo Mágico is an innovative after-school program where undergraduates and children learn together in a technology-mediated learning club at Alicia Sanchez International Elementary School in Lafayette, Colorado. The after-school club at Sanchez promotes K-5 children's appropriation of a range of skills and knowledge with particular emphasis on new media and technological design, scientific knowledge, and specifically, health sciences and energy -- areas of need as identified by the school. El Pueblo Mágico draws on an interdisciplinary team of CU-Boulder faculty and students to bring innovative technologies to the program. In addition to Professors Susan Jurow and Kris Gutiérrez of the School of Education, program partners include School of Education Professor Eve Manz and Computer Science Professors Alexander Reppening, Gerhard Fisher, and Michael Eisenberg.

During the school year, the organization of the El Pueblo Mágico program promotes rich learning for K-5 children and undergraduate students. Undergraduate students learn robust theories of learning in their coursework, and have opportunities to make deep connections between theory and practice through their participation in El Pueblo Mágico. The K-5 students who participate experience an enriching after-school program where they work closely with college students to develop problem-solving skills, investigate scientific and health-related topics, and gain expertise as designers in cyber environments. El Pueblo Mágico promotes sustained engagement and inquiry through joint work and play, which helps children gain facility with new tools and resources that have academic, personal, and community/home benefits.

In 2014-2015, we are deepening our relationship with Alicia Sanchez Elementary by placing undergraduate students in our Elementary Education Math and Science Methods courses in the elementary school one day a week for practicum experience, as well as work with the same elementary students in the El Pueblo Mágico program. These undergraduates will contribute science and math expertise, develop meaningful relationships with students, and learn from teachers at Sanchez.

This university/community/school partnership is designed to address a range of goals central to building strong relations by: 1) leveraging university, community, and school expertise to help address issues identified by the school/community; 2) improving undergraduate and public school education by situating learning in meaningful learning environments; 3) developing a model of outreach that is both evidence-based and theoretically grounded; and 4) promoting robust notions of learning and culture that challenge deficit model orientations to student learning.

This is a closed program by request only, or for a specific predetermined audience.


In Colorado

  • Lafayette

Program Partners

  • Alicia Sanchez Elementary School, Lafayette, CO
  • Department of Computer Science

Program Contact

Susan Jurow
Associate Professor


Topics Program Types Audiences
  • Diversity
  • Science
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  • Teacher Renewal & Enhancement
  • Technology
  • After School Activity/Instruction
  • At-Risk Youth
  • Children & Youth (outside school)
  • Students - Elementary School
  • Students - ESL


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